Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | 11:39 a.m.
It’s a homecoming for The Food Network star Guy Fieri, who graduated from UNLV in 1990; Guy is set to open his first restaurant on the Strip at The Quad later this year.
The 7,000-square-foot restaurant will be a new concept and the main culinary attraction at The Quad, formerly Imperial Palace, as it prepares for the fall opening of the adjoining $500 million Linq mall and the world’s tallest observation wheel, High Roller, at 550 feet.
In a statement this morning, Guy said: “This is a true homecoming for me. I remember the start of the food revolution in Las Vegas in the ’90s as a college student. Now I am stoked — finally opening my very own at the heart of the Strip.”
His new restaurant concept will feature a large outdoor patio and dining areas at The Quad’s main entrance and near the adjoining Harrah’s Carnaval Court. The Quad is currently undergoing a transformation with several improvements, including exterior renovations and an enhanced casino floor.
The 2013 Miss USA Pageant contestants unofficially christened the new Catalyst Bar at The Quad on Monday with a flair bartending demonstration and fun with Quad headliners Recycled Percussion.
Guy, who hosts the popular “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on The Food Network, will unveil the name of his venue later but promises a high-energy, yet comfortable dining experience for all ages and fans of his great food and entertainment.
Rick Mazer, regional Caesars Entertainment president, added in the statement: “Food is a very important piece of our redevelopment at Center Strip. Guy’s energy is infectious; combined with his culinary talents and strong TV presence, our guests are sure to be well entertained.”
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Just as distinctive as it's famous neighbors Caesar's Palace and The Venetian, Harrah's Las Vegas has been entertaining guests since 1973. The 87,700-square foot casino is filled with 1,520 slot machines and 107 gaming tables. Outside the casino, guests are able to experience fun in a street-fair atmosphere at the Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge with live entertainment (including the bartenders), food stands and outdoor shops.
At Harrah's comedy is King, and that has never been more apparent then the comedy acts of Rita Rudner, the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and the Improv Comedy Club. After the show, guests are more than welcome to laugh at their friends at The Piano Bar, famous for its dueling pianos and karaoke. Most recently, Harrah's added tribute show "Legends in Concert" to its list of entertainment.
Restaurants like Ming's offers Asian cuisine, while Ruth's Chris Steak House offers guests fine steaks and fresh seafood. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar is a country-themed bar with a restaurant, live music and the occasional appearance from Keith himself.